Was this retaliation or a deer-in-the-headlights response?

Texan and Redditor /u/SVTCobraR315 shared dashcam footage from his brother-in-law, an 18-wheeler semi-truck driver, from US-287 in Arlington to the /r/IdiotsInCars subreddit showing the hare-brained moment a driver in a Jeep Wrangler pulled a last second merge and slammed on their brakes in front of his semi.

Check out the Jeep Wrangler driver’s baffling behavior below.

Brother in-law in his 18 wheeler. I have no words for this type of crap [OC]
byu/SVTCobraR315 inIdiotsInCars

As mentioned, this incident happened on US-287 just as he exited onto Exit 34A towards East 20 and South 287 Waxahachie Dallas (Exact location on Google Maps linked here.)

As his brother-in-law’s video shows, he’s driving along US-287 going 55 MPH and headed towards the 34A exit.

As he enters the exit, a driver in a Jeep Wrangler in the gore point between diverging lanes of traffic suddenly merges in front of his semi.

To add to the clusterf***, the Wrangler driver slams on his brakes causing the semi-driver to go from 55 MPH to 0 MPH in less than five seconds.

Mind you, semis weigh between 30,000-80,000 pounds depending on how loaded they are and take considerably longer to stop than regular vehicles.

The Jeep comes within inches of the front bumper of that semi.

An actual collision would’ve surely totaled the Jeep and injured the driver considering the massive amounts of energy transfer that would’ve occurred.

“This is insane when someone does it to a normal vehicle. Words really have trouble describing how stupid it is to do to a vehicle that can literally flatten you like a pancake,” /u/Spirited_Refuse9265 commented.

“I think they wanted to get hit. A lot of people believe they’ll get a ton of money if they’re rear-ended by a big truck. Who needs an intact spine when you might win some sort of cash settlement,” /u/Emphetic_Orch replied.

“(This might’ve been) more like panic reaction. You see people do this in the middle of an intersection not for a second thinking that the most dangerous place to be is in the middle of the intersection. Similar to the people who just tense up and keep doing as they were before. It is the “Freeze” reaction…,” /u/NotGivinMyNam2aMachn hypothesized.

OP does not give us any follow-up about what happened afterward so I can only presume nothing came of this weird and potentially dangerous (or lethal) driving maneuver.

While drivers should drive defensively around every driver, you should have extra caution and awareness around semis.

When it comes to collisions between a regular vehicle and a semi, regardless of how new or safe a car might be, there comes a point where physics takes over and, to put it bluntly, the semi wins every time.

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